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Summer 2022

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CRJ101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents overview of the administration of criminal justice in the United States and the problems of crime prevention and control in American society. Prepares students for further study in criminal justice, for careers in criminal justice agencies, and for knowledgeable citizenship.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Define crime.
2. Differentiate among felonies, misdemeanors and violations.
3. Compare and contrast the main sources for crime statistics in the United States (Uniform Crime Reports and National Crime Victimization Survey).
4. Describe various criminological theories used to explain why people commit crime.
5. Explain the organizational structure of the criminal justice system (police, courts and corrections).
6. Describe the functions of the three components of the criminal justice system (police, courts and corrections).
7. Summarize the criminal justice process from crime occurrence through post release supervision.
8. Provide examples of how discretion is employed by members of the criminal justice system.
9. Compare and contrast the various career opportunities that exist within the criminal justice system.
10. Distinguish among common law, case law and statutory law.
11. Name the elements of a crime.
12. Describe various criminal defenses.
13. Compare and contrast the United States criminal justice system with criminal justice systems located around the world.
14. Communicate effectively in a professional setting.

Effective Term: Fall 2019